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WCPE and Quail Ridge Present NC Opera

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Wake Forest, N.C. (April 13, 2011) - WCPE Community & Arts Liaison Tara Lynn announces the April edition of the Local Arts Series at Quail Ridge, April 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm p.m. at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC. NC Opera General Director Eric Mitchko will share his enthusiasm and vision for the upcoming performance of Gounod's Faust (April 28 & 30) and Britten's The Turn of the Screw (May 12-13). There will be a ticket giveaway and refreshments. “This production of Faust is going to be really special,” says Mitchko. “There will be interesting video projections and a fantastic cast. I can’t wait to tell people about it.”

In this free hour long exclusive event, charming young mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts will share her talent. A recent graduate of the Palm Beach Opera's Young Artist Program, she also won the 2nd place Advanced Division prize in the 41st Annual Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition. Young though she may be, her resume already includes the roles of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Emilia in Otello, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Mercédès in Carmen and many others. She debuts with North Carolina Opera singing the role of Siebel in Faust. Next year, she is engaged to make her debut as the title role in Carmen with the Townsend Opera in California.

“We’re very pleased to have Irene in the Faust cast, she’s a wonderful young artist,” continues Mitchko.

About NC Opera:

North Carolina Opera was formed when The Opera Company of North Carolina and Capital Opera Raleigh merged. For the 2010-2011 season, North Carolina Opera will mount both large-scale and more intimate productions in a variety of venues across the Triangle. Casts will feature the finest singers from the world’s opera stages, as well as emerging talent from across the state. The company will offer programming in area schools and numerous outreach activities and events throughout the region.

About The Local Arts Series by WCPE and Quail Ridge:

Co-sponsored by WCPE FM and Quail Ridge Books and Music, the Local Arts Series is a monthly free event in which a local arts organization will talk about its mission and one of its upcoming performances. Designed to be as entertaining as it is educational, each event also includes a performance aspect. WCPE and Quail Ridge Books and Music both look forward to working with more arts groups in the future and, together, focusing on community educational efforts.
Quail Ridge Books and Music, 919-828-1588, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC, is an independent shop with a friendly, knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing the best in customer service. Their Music Department specializes in classical, jazz and traditional music and presents a diverse program of free concerts.
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